Born and bred in the UK, I came to the Netherlands in 2004 after attaining my BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering (University of Swansea) and MSc in Surface Design & Engineering (University of Nottingham). Following my PhD at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen under Prof. Jeff de Hosson (thesis title Surface Engineering: Amorphous alloys and nanocrystallinity), I worked for Tata Steel from 2008 as a Principal Researcher "Surface Technology", developing processes and products for a wide variety of market sectors such as automotive, packaging, energy and construction, generating several patents along the way.
Since 2017 I have held the position of Associate Professor "Surface Design & Engineering" and focus my research within the Laser Material Processing and Skin Tribology chairs of the Engineering Technology Faculty. By coupling materials science, topology and metrology we can tailor surface design for a variety of products and applications including bio-medical, automotive, smart materials and packaging. We achieve our research goals by developing and validating new coating and surface treatment processes, models and software for better prediction and control of surface functionality in a wide range of environmental conditions.
The research also feeds our education programme. I am coordinator of the Emerging Technology Design Master track of Industrial Design Engineering and also coordinate the Products and Surfaces Technology Programme within that Master track. I give lectures in both Bachelor and Master programmes within the Engineering Technology Faculty.
Since August 2020 I have also been privileged to hold the position of Distinguished Chair Professor at Feng Chia University in Taiwan. Together, we develop hybrid surfaces for a wide range of processes and products through, for example, the combination of designed surface topologies and novel coating processes.
In addition I am Managing Editor for two Q1 Elsevier journals: 1) Biomaterials Advances and 2) Surface & Coatings Technology.